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Cher, Dog Caregiver--Extensive Experience
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My min pin has suddenly started having alot of internal sneezes.

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My min pin has suddenly started having alot of internal sneezes. He also seems to be trying to clear his nose by forcing air through it. What could this be and is it serious?

It sounds from your description, like your dog is 'reverse sneezing'. This is not an uncommon condition in dogs, and you can read more about it, here:

"What is reverse sneezing in dogs? A reverse sneeze really isn't a sneeze at all. While air is exhaled and forced out of the nose and mouth during a normal sneeze, reverse sneezing is forceful inhalation with air being sucked in. When it happens, you'll hear a kind of deep, snorting sound. The dog appears to be in respiratory distress.... as if struggling to breathe or gasping for air... as in some sort of asthma attack. Episodes of reverse sneezing are usually brief, lasting from a few seconds up to a minute or two.

Observing a bout of reverse sneezing can be quite alarming. It may be very frightening to a first time dog owner, but it's really no reason to panic. It's not a serious condition and poses no threat to a dog's health or longevity. The dog is not having a seizure. The dog will not loose consciousness or collapse. Reverse sneezing is not a symptom of illness and it's not caused by respiratory disease. "Paroxysmal Respiration" - the official veterinary term for reverse sneezing - is caused by a spasm of the dog's soft palate. (The soft palate is the soft tissue in back of the roof of the mouth, behind the hard palate.) Reverse sneezing looks and sounds very much like the dog is trying to inhale a sneeze. The dog acts and breathes normally before and after an episode, with no after effects." (from:


Have your dog checked for any sinus or respiratory infections, and rub his throat to ease up the spasm, next time this happens.

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